The Bucketlist: La Tomatina!
Come and join the world's biggest food fight. La Tomatina is legendary. Once a year the sleepy town of Brunol in Valencia, Spain, is bombarded with people, parties and most importantly, tomatoes. Every year the streets of the Plaza de Pueblo run red...
Come and join the world's biggest food fight.
La Tomatina is legendary. Once a year the sleepy town of Brunol in Valencia, Spain, is bombarded with people, parties and most importantly, tomatoes. Every year the streets of the Plaza de Pueblo run red with the juice of over 40 metric tonnes worth of tomato!
The origins of the festival are unclear, some claim that the acidity of the tomatoes is used to clean grime off the streets of the Industrial town, some say it is to rid the city of a tomato surplus and others even accredit it to the fruit being cursed. There is little evidence to support any of these theories and it is now widely believed that that festival began as little more than a food fight between hooligans.
The start of the food fight is marked by authorities driving through the town centre in lorries and handing out tomatoes then, a greased pole is climbed so a ham can be thrown from the top (no this is not a lie). Chaos is unleashed and the tomatoes are released!
The Daily Mail offers these top tips for making the most of the festival:
1. Get to the train station by 7am on Wednesday as tickets from Valencia to Buñol cannot be booked in advance and the queues can be long.
2. Only take essentials with you - you will only need limited cash - and make sure they are zipped away. It is very easy to lose things.
3. Protect your train ticket from getting too wet. You won't be able to get home if it's illegible.
4. Don't wear anything you might want to wear again in the future.
5. Swimming goggles or snorkelling masks are advised.
6. The opportunity to take photos is limited but if you want to take a camera make sure it is waterproof-protected.
7. Arrange a place to meet your friends in case you are separated, which is pretty much guaranteed.
8. Try and stand near a wall as the trucks approach and stand side-on to try and alleviate the sense you're being crushed.
9. Make use of the hosepipes and buckets of water that residents pour on you on the walk back to the station. You will not be allowed on the train if you are covered in tomato juice. There are showers at the station but the queues are lengthy.
10. Be prepared for some wrinkled noses when you return to Valencia. You will stink.
La Tomatina 2013, it's going to get messy.